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Nelson, David - Col.
Col. David Nelson and Jane (Milligan) Nelson, daughter of John Milligan, Esq., of Westmoreland County, Penn...were married in the spring of 1797, in Cumberland County, shortly afterward removing to this county, then considered the "Far West," removing their household goods on the back of a horse on account of there being no thoroughfare but a tow-path, and where they endured many privations. During the war of 1812 this hardy pioneer served a six months’ campaign under Gen. Harrison, ranking as Major, at Fort Meigs, and was honorably discharged in the spring of 1813. Later he was commissioned a Colonel by Gov. Snyder, and commanded a regiment in the Second Brigade, Sixteenth Division, Pennsylvania Militia. He died June, 1848, aged seventy-five years. His widow survived him twenty-one years, and died at the advanced age of ninety-four years, having lived on the same farm seventy-two years.
History of Crawford County, PA 1885, biography of David Nelson Jr.